Villa have been linked to Borussia Dortmund stopper Roman Weidenfeller once again, as the 30-year-old keeper’s contract draws to a conclusion at the Bundesliga’s top club. It seems that Weidenfeller, who has been first choice at Dortmund since the departure of Jens Lehmann to Arsenal in 2003, is now topping Houllier’s wish list as he looks for a long term replacement for Brad Friedel having seemingly dismissed Brad Guzan, currently on loan at Hull. Keepers such as McGregor, Loach and Steele have all been linked but a potential free transfer in the summer for Weidenfeller seems favourable with Friedel still producing performances like the one at Chelsea at 39. Weidenfeller confirmed that he wants to make sure any decision to sign a contract, be it with Dortmund or a new club, is thoroughly considered, stating:
“This is going to be the most important deal in my whole career, this is why I am definitely sorting out all my options.
“I will just sign after I have thought things over. Of course, I do not want to delay a decision for weeks or months.
“But if I am staying on, I will not sign for one or two more years. I want to be a part of Borussia (Dortmund) for longer than that.
“I am not the kind of guy that joins a club where he is to be cut off from the outside world. This would not be me playing then.”
To read the initial report including a few stats on the German visit the following link – http://astonvillablog.com/weidenfeller-linked-to-villa-free/
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